I moved into Hillsboro area about 8 months ago and have been going somewhere almost every weekend for the last 8 months. I looking for some suggestion as to the best options for the coming two weeks. I love to photograph , so any scenic locale serves me well.
I have already been to: the coast from Newport to Astoria, Crater Lake/Lava beds, several hikes and snowshoes in the Gorge (both WA and OR) and Mt Hood area, Deschutes valley, Silver Falls area, Fossil beds/painted hills, Mt Rainier, multiple trips to Seattle. I am going to San Juan and Hoh rainforest in a few weeks.
The options I was considering are:
Hells Canyon (saw suggestions on TA for going there in September)
Palouse (saw suggestions on TA for going there in September)
Oregon Dunes and Oregon Caves national monument ( may be too hot next week on the dunes)
Redwood National Park (was planning to go there when rains hit Portland, maybe October)
Mt St Helens (day trip during the week?)
For a weekend, I can go anywhere within a 5 hour drive of Portland. Any suggestions for some places to visit this weekend and the next?
Thanks in advance.